Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Mississippi was eventually ruled out as a location due to the existing political conditions. Sparta, Illinois, was selected as the location, and the town's name in the story was changed to Sparta so that local signs would not need to be changed. The... ...
Ofcr. Sam Wood:
Where you keeping the pie tonight?
Ralph Henshaw, diner counterman: I ate the last piece just before you came in.
The lyrics to the song Sam listens to on his transistor radio describe a bow-legged Polly and a knock-kneed Paul not being able to get together, yet anatomically these would in fact be ideal physical characteristics for a guy and a gal to "get together".
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